AYSO VIP Soccer hosting sign-ups

AYSO Region 154’s VIP Soccer program, now celebrating its 16th season for special needs children and adults, opens registration Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Season Ticket Family Pizza (6038 Ball Road) in Buena Park. Registration is just $25 and available for players from Buena Park, Cypress, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Rossmoor, Seal Beach, Westminster and West Anaheim. Online registration is required first and available at www.eayso.org until May.Additional in-person registration dates are Wednesday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 12 to 4 p.m.The AYSO Region 154 V.I.P. Soccer has served nearly 150 players since expanding in 2010. It is made possible through the support of UnitedHealthcare, the Bandai Foundation and CalOptima as well as other community-based organizations and individual supporters. Teams and schedules will be announced in early June. Practices begin in mid August. Games will begin the weekend after Labor Day in September and go into early December.Those registering players are asked to complete the online application including the e-signature. Then bring a printed copy of the completed form to one of the five registration dates in March through May along with payment. Those who do not have access to a computer, onsite assistance will be available at registration on a first-come/first-serve basis. A limited number of player scholarships are available for those seeking financial assistance.V.I.P. players receive uniforms, souvenir team photos, yearbooks and trophies at 'Celebrating V.I.P. Soccer Day' for the $25 registration fee. No prior playing experience is necessary.“This is our Sweet 16,” said Ben Singer, volunteer director of the V.I.P. program for AYSO, Region 154. “We're proud to be among the nation's largest programs serving the special needs community and look forward to growing even further next fall.”Region 154 V.I.P. Soccer invites local teenagers to volunteer as “buddies” for next fall. Those interested can complete a volunteer application online or at one of the five registration days.For more information on the V.I.P. program, visit www.Region154.org or contact Singer at benjamin.singer2@verizon.net or 562-936-1466.

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